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Senior Social Worker

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen in this new and exciting team for Senior Social Worker. The successful applicants will work within the team to provide therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on recovery underpinned by appropriate risk management. The work will involve playing an active part in a multi-disciplinary team partnering with other statutory and third sector organisations.

Experience of working with complex mental health needs in secure settings or the community would be desirable but enthusiasm for working with this client group is essential. These posts provide an opportunity for the successful candidates to develop both their clinical and leadership skills, within the context of secure settings and supporting the service users into the community.

The post holder will also be responsible for a clinical caseload that includes risk assessment, intervention and consultation to patients and supporting services. The successful candidate will receive training in specialist forensic risk assessment and formulation to hone their skills.

The West Yorkshire Provider Collaborate for Adult Secure works to improve pathways for forensic service users and support care closer to home. The development of the specialist forensic community team has been introduced to support a reduction in length of stay and enhancement of support within the community. We are an evolving service and the post-holder will have opportunities to contribute to service development.

Main duties of the job

The service is committed to supporting excellence through continuing professional development and will develop competencies in line with need. These posts will be considered for secondment/job share/part-time from across the provider collaborative.

Working pattern will be Monday to Friday 9am 5pm but some flexibility to meet the needs of this 8-8 service is required.

The team focus is on supporting service users with complex needs who may have traditionally been described as hard to engage develop the skills to engage in a range of individual and group community-based treatment activities. It includes service users with a range of complex presentations and will include working with statutory and third sector providers to develop innovative packages of care in the community as an alternative to in-patient care.

The service is committed to supporting excellence through continuing professional development and will work to develop competencies in line with need. Applicants are required to have a current driving license for this post as they will work in an agile manner across the locality, utilizing several Trust bases. These posts will be considered for secondment/job share/part-time hours from across the provider collaborative.

If you would like to discuss these posts or organise an informal visit, please contact Laura.Gow@swyt.nhs.ukor

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To have an identified clinical role for highly complex cases within their designated service.

To provide advice and support to other staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team within the service

To facilitate collaborative working across the FOLS Team, maximizing on the skills of the team members.

Work with other external agencies and partners where appropriate, to ensure that resources for Family Services are available to all service users to live within the community, implementing the Care Programme Approach, where appropriate.

Be responsible for a complex caseload and assist the Team Manager in providing support to other members of the team, including supervising student social workers as required.

Work with the Team Manager and represent the team in working groups set up to raise the quality of practice and improve the effectiveness of the service, when required.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.



To comply with the post holders professional code and Health Care Professions Council code of ethics and professional conduct and to adhere to national and local policies and procedures.

To work in a specialised autonomous capacity accepting referrals for patients/service users referred to your clinical area. Giving advice and support to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including management of patients with complex needs.

To plan and prioritise own patient caseload (where appropriate), with highly complex needs, using highly specialist skills.

To work with patients/families to aid their acceptance, understanding and management of their condition/disability. To provide the necessary support required in a sometimes hostile/antagonistic or highly emotional atmosphere.

For full job description, please see the attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of continuing professional development and post graduate training in relevant area
  • Have demonstrable competence to work at Masters or Advanced Level
  • Experience of managing and assessing risk whilst working independently


  • Management or leadership training.
  • Risk Assessment training.
  • Audit training

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Excellent teaching skills.
  • Supervision skills
  • Ability to demonstrate highly specialised clinical reasoning and treatment skills.
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Proven experience of time management.
  • Excellent Prioritisation skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Knowledge of local and national guidance relevant to clinical area.


  • Basic IT skills



  • Degree or equivalent in Diploma in Social Work, or equivalent recognised by the Central Council for Education & Training in Social Work
  • Current valid HCPC registration


  • MSC/Diploma in relevant area.



  • Extensive appropriate post-registration experience relevant to clinical area..
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Newton Lodge - Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane


West Yorkshire


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